There is still a long way to go to develop the possible means of transport for the future. Recently, Virgin Hyperloop released a video showing their concept and obviously it’s CGI.
In the race for Hyperloop – a research project launched in 2013 by Elon Musk – Virgin Hyperloop One is one of the few companies full of ambition. In 2018, it had imagined a revolutionary freight system based on this new technological means. In 2020, Virgin Hyperloop One carried out the first manned test of its very high speed transport technology. Two passengers had “traveled” a distance of 500 meters, near Las Vegas (United States). If the promises of connecting different cities in record time are tempting, critics are raining on the feasibility of this kind of project. In 2018, the French engineer François Lacôte described the Hyperloop as “a formidable technical-intellectual scam”. Still, it would take a bit more to deter Virgin Hyperloop One, having posted a marketing video to Twitter on August 23, 2021.
The video in question was posted by Josh Giegel, CTO of Virgin Hyperloop One. The goal? Present the company’s ideal vision for the Hyperloop. The video first of all recalls the main lines, namely to circulate modules in vacuum tubes in order to reduce energy consumption and air resistance. The speed to be reached is also put forward, namely around 1000 km / h. However, it was also a question of presenting what Virgin Hyperloop One plans in terms of evolution.
Check it out: our latest #hyperloop 101 video launches today. How does this help your understanding of how hyperloop works? pic.twitter.com/A1cnTPVZ0b
– Josh Giegel (@jgiegel) August 23, 2021
Credit: Josh Giegel / Twitter
Promises vs questions
According to the images, the magnetic levitation system, the propulsion as well as the power supply are now located above the oar. The company says it has invented a levitation mechanism ten times more efficient than the one on which the most efficient current magnetic levitation trains are based. Virgin Hyperloop One also communicated on another aspect: the different pods have the ability to organize themselves in convoy. They can also each follow their own direction in the event that the passengers of the different wagons do not go to the same place. Obviously, this characteristic is interesting because it is impossible to reproduce with current trains since the wagons are attached together.
Despite the undeniable spectacular side of the video, questions remain concerning in particular the interest of links by Hyperloop, due to the apparent low transport capacity of the pods. This capacity seems less compared to that of a double-decker TGV wagon. Other questions remain at the level of competitiveness vis-à-vis air transport. Indeed, an aircraft can transport several hundred passengers using an infrastructure (airport) on departure and arrival. It should be remembered that the Hyperloop requires the construction of tubes on dry land, and this throughout the journeys within the territories.